Share price of Pegasystems Inc. (PEGA - Free Report) rallied to a new 52-week high of $35.85, eventually closing a tad bit lower at $35.75 on Nov 18. This represents a strong year-to-date return of approximately 30%, better than the S&P 500’s 6.8% in the same period.
Currently, Pegasystems carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). Notably, the stock has a market cap of $2.67 billion.
Pegasystems reported third-quarter 2016 earnings of 7 cents per share and revenues of $183 million, which were in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimates. We note that the company has beaten the Zacks Consensus Estimates in all the four trailing quarters, with an average surprise of 20.93%.
Revenues increased 13% year over year, driven by expanding customer base. Moreover, license and cloud revenues jumped 17% and 32%, respectively. Recurring revenues grew 19% from the year-ago quarter.
Pegasystems continue to anticipate that its business will shift away from perpetual license toward recurring license revenue streams. Although this transition will impact license mix, it will improve visibility and generate higher recurring cash flow. Further, the company expects consulting business to grow at high-single to low-double digits going ahead.
Pegasystems exited the third-quarter with $420 million of total license and cloud backlog, which grew $27 million sequentially and $40 million on a year-over-year basis.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for full-year 2016 has increased by a nickel to 61 cents in the last 30 days. Over the same time frame, full-year 2017 earnings estimate has increased 3 cents to 76 cents per share.
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